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Unknown; perhaps an alteration of french letter.[1]


franger (plural frangers)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A condom.
    • 1999 November 4, Egan Blinkhorn, “Pirate Pay TV”, in, Usenet[1]:
      You have a point.  But on the other hand, I didn't run off and tell mum with a six pack in one hand and an open franger packet in the other.
    • 2000 September 22, rhay10, “Sydney 2000 -Too sexy for some.....”, in, Usenet[2]:
      Ranpaging[sic] Roy Slaven & HG Nelson who are comedians of the host broadcaster's Olympic graveyard shift have said that 48,000 of the frangers are for the personal use of the mayor of the Olympic village -  'Richo'.  they claim the rest are for the Cuban team who when they have finished their events are going at it like rabbits.
    • 2001, Bryce Courtenay, Four Fires, unnumbered page,
      The barber would say while he was cutting a grown-up′s hair, ‘Do you need any home supplies, sir?’ which is the secret code for a packet of frangers.
    • 2002 February 7, Janine Burgess, “Armour against pleasure?”, in The Timaru Herald:
      Gone are the terms we used in our youth the frenchies, frangers, rubbers, joes, french letters, gumboots, rubbers, johnnies, parachutes and plastic fantastics -- these days they're just condoms.


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  1. ^ ""franger", entry in 2007, Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, page 267.




frange +‎ -er



  1. to fringe


This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written frange- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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